There are no obligations or rules to hosting a post wedding brunch. However, it is a nice thank you gesture from the bride and groom to treat their immediate family, wedding party and out of town guests.
Alternatively it can be hosted by a close family member or friend as a gift or way of contributing to the wedding. You can even have a ‘no host’ brunch where you merely make reservations for a space to get together and eat with separate bills!
It is a great and intimate way to catch up with friends and family that you haven’t seen for a while and relive the memories from the night before. It also serves as a warm send off for the newlyweds before they depart for their honeymoon and that is the same for guests who have come from afar. So why not have one last get together before everyone goes on their merry way in different directions!
It is definitely not necessary to invite everyone who attended your wedding day. You already hosted one big affair so keep it small and stress free with your nearest and dearest. You can absolutely send formal invitations with the wedding invite but verbally or by e-vite should suffice too, as long as you have a head count to plan the brunch. You can be less strict and adopt a drop in at any time.
If you and your guests are already staying at the same hotel, it may be more convenient to host it there. You can ask if they have a brunch menu available and have them reserve a dining area for you so other guests can join who are not staying at the hotel. You can even save money if it is the same venue you had your reception. Get haggling!
Depending on your guest list you can go to a local café or restaurant or why not have it at home in an intimate setting. You can even get something delivered if you don’t fancy cooking.
Bear in mind that most of your guests may be affected from antics from the night before, so don’t have it too early. Also ensure that the brunch schedule fits check out time and those who need to travel including yourself getting off for your honeymoon!
Have plenty of juice, tea and coffee available and if you want one last celebrative toast consider mimosas or maybe Caesars (best hangover cure!) Food can include eggs, bagels, French toast, pastries, fresh fruit and if it’s later you can add more substantial items like quiches and a cold cut meat and cheese selection. You can even have an interactive food station like an omelet or pancake bar.
Overall, keep it simple with minimal input! Re-use décor from the wedding, have chilled music and an easy menu. That’s all you need, easy like Sunday morning!
~ Happy Planning! ~
Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination
Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination